Transgenic Mosquitoes of California

Center for PostNatural History

Transgenic Mosquitoes of California. Image courtesy Center for PostNatural History.

The Center for PostNatural History is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge relating to the complex interplay between culture, nature and biotechnology. PostNatural refers to living organisms that have been altered through processes such as selective breeding or genetic engineering. The mission of the Center for PostNatural History is to acquire, interpret and provide access to a collection of living, preserved and documented organisms of postnatural origin. Transgenic Mosquitoes of California (2009) are a variety that is being engineered to not carry certain pathogens such as malaria. As the goal of the research is to make these genes dominant in the wild population, these specimens on display may one day be the norm of the wild.